Jan Reid, the author of "Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards," is a senior writer for Texas Monthly and his writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Slate, and the New York Times. His other books include "The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock," "The Bullet Meant for Me," "Rio Grande," "Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm," and two award-winning novels, "Deerinwater" and "Comanche Sundown." Also joining us on the show was Frieda Werden of WINGS, the Women's International News Gathering Service. Werden, who lives in British Columbia, worked with the Ann Richards-initiated Texas Women's History Project.
When Ann Richards delivered the keynote at the 1988 Democratic National Convention (“Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth”), she instantly became a media celebrity. In 1990, Richards became the Governor of Texas. She was the first ardent feminist elected to high office in America; her progressive achievements and the force of her personality created a lasting legacy that far transcends her rise and fall as governor of Texas.
In Let the People In, Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Ann Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research, to tell a very personal, human story of Richards' remarkable rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Former President Bill Clinton wrote, “Jan Reid gives us new insight into Ann Richards, whose wit filled any room with laughter, whose candor chased away every smoke screen, whose heart was as big as Texas...”
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